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Right Whales an All-Consuming Issue for N.B. Association

For the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association, the presence of North Atlantic right whales on its fishing grounds is an issue it has been dealing with since 2006. And the organization does not expect 2020 will be any different. “We have to be at it every single day,” said Melanie Sonnenberg, executive director of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association. “It’s consuming us quite frankly.” When Grand Manan fishermen were first faced with a potential shutdown of their fishery ...

Industry Partnership Obtains Turbot MSC Sustainability Certification

Will Lead to Greater Market Access and Benefits for Canada’s Atlantic and Arctic Fisheries In early December, four Canadian industry associations, together with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), announced that products from the Canadian Greenland halibut (turbot) fishery in fishing areas 0AB2J3KLMNO can now bear the MSC label that identifies sustainable, well-managed fisheries from across the world. “Obtaining this MSC certification is a testament to the cooperation and collaborat...

Opportunities Still Available Through Atlantic Fisheries Fund

With four years to go and lots of funding still available, the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has been busy raising awareness and interest of the opportunities available under the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) for innovative projects that improve sustainability, quality and productivity in the harvesting, processing and aquaculture sectors. “Numerous presentations have been made to processing, harvesting and aquaculture associations, as well as to advisory boards and ...

Industry Reps Pleased Jordan Handed Federal Fisheries Portfolio

Above: Bernadette Jordan. Photo courtesy of bjordan.liberal.ca The appointment of South Shore-St. Margaret’s Member of Parliament Bernadette Jordan as the new federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has industry representatives in Nova Scotia optimistic. “I’m just as happy as I can be,” said Kevin Ross, president of Brazil Rock 33/34 fishermen’s association. “I’ve worked a lot with her in the last three years. She’s gotten me meetings with ...

Seal Overpopulation Linked to Threatened Extinction of Two N.L. Cod Stocks

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to control seal overpopulation in an effort to protect extremely vulnerable cod stocks on the south coast of Newfoundland and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The most recent assessment of southern Gulf cod (4T) was clear; extinction of that cod population is highly probable due to predation by grey seals, the union stated in a press release. “Scientists in the region took ...

Port de Grave Peninsula Pays Tribute to John Efford

Above: John Efford accepting a street sign bearing his name from the President of the Port de Grave Harbour Authority, Ross Petten. To many people, the name John Efford and the fishing industry are synonymous. But yet, the Port de Grave native who is best known for his 20 years in politics, spent less than five years as Minister of Fisheries. And despite being surrounded by fishermen while he was growing up, including several men in his own family, Efford never fished commercially. ...

‘It was quite a life’

94-year-old Alva McDormand Recounts Her Many Adventures in the Fishing Boat For 94 years, Westport Briar Island has been home for Alva McDormand. Born and raised in a family of seven on the tiny island at the end of Digby Neck, she married her sweetheart Charlie at 17. The couple built a house next to where Charlie grew up in the community, where they raised three children, where fishing was the way of life and where Alva still resides. In the summers, Alva would go fishing with Charlie, ...

New Study Outlines Good News for Future SW Nova Lobster Habitat

Above: Lonnie Snow photo Overall projected changes in offshore lobster habitat for the region, as a whole, appear to be positive. However, changes in resource management need to be considered to promote the long-term sustainability of the fishery in Nova Scotia, according to the findings of a new study published this fall in Frontiers in Marine Science. The study was a collaboration between researchers at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Bedford Institute of Oceanography ...

Santa Trades in Sleigh for the Wheelhouse

If you happen to be on the West Head wharf on Cape Sable Island this December, don’t be surprised if you see Santa Claus coming in from lobster fishing. For the past three years, Kevin Ross, president of the Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association, has dressed the part for one day in December while out fishing and plays the part throughout the month, helping to collect donations and deliver food, gift cards and presents to those less fortunate in the community. With a natural white beard ...

Annual Lobster Trap Christmas Tree Marks 10 Years

Every year, the fishing industry is honoured and those lost at sea remembered on the Municipality of Barrington’s lobster trap Christmas tree. Built from about 200 wire lobster traps that are recycled from the Municipality’s Construction and Debris Landfill, it takes public works staff about four days to build, said Warden Eddie Nickerson. The traps are covered with evergreen boughs and decorated with lights and buoys, some in memory of fishermen lost to the sea and others in honour ...